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Desert Iguana Trail - Thunderbird, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,337 feet
Elevation Gain 46 feet
Accumulated Gain 50 feet
Avg Time One Way 15-30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 0.82
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Iguana Coachwhip Ridgeline Sunrise Chuckwalla
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1  2014-03-12
H4 Loop - Thunderbird Park
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1  2010-03-27
H5-1682-H3-H5
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 241
Routes 830
Photos 11,690
Trips 4,551 map ( 22,935 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan
Sun  5:27am - 7:41pm
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Overview
Originates at 67th Avenue and Patrick Lane parking lot and concludes at parking lot "B" off 61st Ave. Originally named H-5. A Desert Iguana is a lizard not often posted in photos on HAZ.


Hike
From the 67th Ave lot, Desert Iguana Trail begins with a gentle 32 foot incline. Which is the toughest ascent following West to East. Ludden Mountain NNE, just north of Happy Valley Rd intrigues. The lower foreground ridge behind the neighborhood is the NE corner of this park. The visible trail along that hill is the Cholla Trail.

0.2 miles into the hike you pass Ramada #12 with 38 parking slots ( lot "J" ). Which is 63rd Ave bridging 67th to 59th avenues.

I would rate the tread as excellent 5-10 miles per hour on a bike. The park limit is 15 mph on bikes, which seems likely for the midsection. The east is a bit gravelly, not much. This trail is most enjoyable in cool spring weather or in the rising/fading sunlight. Trails are open sunrise to sunset.

The east end crosses a shallow ravine near the 61st Ave "B" lot. Which borders a neighborhood. This ravine has substantial vegetation unlike the western 95% of Desert Iguana.

Weapons
Sling shots, bow-n-arrows and knives with a blade over a 3½-inch are not permitted on the trails. A hiking stick can serve to fend off any wildlife. The only wildlife I saw was one Quail. It did not pose a threat.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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67th Avenue & Patrick Lane
Which is a horse staging area with water the park calls lot "K".
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